Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Favorite Things in Breck

We couldn’t leave Breck without a post about some of our favorite places in town.

To start the day, there’s breakfast, or just a yummy donut, at Daylight Donuts. Daylight Donuts is a small café on Main Street that is only open for breakfast and lunch and is always mobbed. Their buttermilk donuts are particularly yummy.

For an afternoon pick-me-up, or just a cool place to hang out and sort our monthly mail drops, we head to The Crown. The Crown offers cheap coffee (especially if you bring your own mug), yummy snacks, and an assortment of lounging options. Plus, they never seem to be in a rush to get you to leave.

For happy hour, there are all sorts of options. Our favorite place for cheap beer and eats is the nominally Irish Napper Tandy’s. Tuesday nights you can get 25-cent wings and potato skins and $3 pitchers of Natural Light beer.

Brian’s favorite beer deal in town is at Bubba Gump’s. Only $6 for a pitcher of New Belgian beer! Sarah thinks the whole place is kind of tacky, but even she’ll admit that their Cajun shrimp appetizer is quite tasty. They also have the best deck in town.

And, of course, there’s the Breckenridge Brewery, known nationwide for its Avalanche Ale. But they have a lot of other home-brewed beers, including a list of seasonal beers that changed during the winter. Their stout is excellent, and they recently tapped a bock that’s also quite good. And pints are only $2 during happy hour!

If happy hour doesn’t become dinner, or if it is a special occasion, the Briar Rose restaurant is great. The restaurant is named for one of the old mines in the area. The original Briar Rose location was a boarding house and restaurant for men working in the mine that was well known for the food it served. For the modern day restaurant visitor, there are almost always 2-for-1 coupons for early-bird dining in the Summit Daily paper. We went one night and treated ourselves to duck in blueberry cinnamon glaze (heavenly!) and a local trout dish. You know it is a mountain town when dress for dinner in a nice place like this was jeans all around.

The list of favorites couldn’t be complete without mentioning the mountains in and around Breckenridge.

Lastly, if you visit Breck and all the activity and high altitude have you feeling under the weather, just pop on over to the coffee stand in the local City Market and pick up your own personal supply of flavored oxygen. If “Tropical Breeze” isn’t your style, the oxygen also comes in “Mountain Mint”. In case you are wondering, we haven’t actually tried this out, but we hear it works wonders for altitude sickness.


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